Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry
After his immigration to Canada in 1992, Henrik lived in the forest for some years—in a wooden camp without electricity or running water— before deciding to return to civilization. After completing a forestry technician training program and a bachelor's degree in forest science, he earned a PhD in forest ecology at the Université du Québec à Montréal. Since 2009 he has worked at the MPI in Jena, Germany, where he has been investigating mortality mechanisms in trees during drought. In 2014 he organized an international interdisciplinary workshop on tree mortality. Since then he has reiterated in several publications the main conclusion of that workshop: the need for a global monitoring network on forest health. The current initiative underlines his conviction that interdisciplinarity is key to scientific progress, especially in the life sciences.
Thünen Institute of Forest Ecosystems
Fascinated by trees and counting tree rings from an early age, dendrochronological research has brought Tanja to Mongolia, Switzerland, Syria, and the UK. After her graduation from the University of Bonn, Germany, she worked for Forest Research in the UK for several years and is now leading the German intensive long-term forest monitoring at the Thünen Institute of Forest Ecosystems in Eberswalde.
University of Göttingen
Bernhard is particularly interested in the consequences of climate change, especially reduced rainfall regimes, on tree physiological properties and their adaptability to changing environmental conditions. He started his scientific career in the tropics, focusing on the impact of climate change and drought-response of tropical forest tree species in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, where he lived for two years. He has since had the opportunity to expand his work into semi-arid and temperate environments, aiming to identify general patterns in plant hydraulic architecture as well as the causes and consequences of drought-induced tree mortality.
University of Utah
Bill received his Ph.D. from Stanford University and was a National Oceanic and Atmosperic Administraation Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University. He studies how drought and climate change affect forest ecosystems, including tree physiology, species interactions, carbon cycling, and biosphere-atmosphere feedbacks. This research spans a broad array of spatial scales from xylem cells to ecosystems and seeks to gain a better mechanistic understanding of how climate change will affect forests around the world. He enjoys spending time camping, backpacking, and fishing throughout the beautiful landscapes of the western US.
University of Auckland
Cate holds a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship from the Royal Society of New Zealand. The fellowship funds a throughfall exclusion experiment known as the kauri drought experiment, investigating the impacts of dry soil conditions on one of the world’s largest and longest-lived tree species. Cate is particularly interested in how we can apply key learning from intensive field-based research to build a global understanding of the distribution and extent of forest mortality globally. Auckland has been Cate’s home since 2010 but she grew up and studied in Sydney. Away from work, Cate enjoys exploring the amazing outdoors of New Zealand with her young family.
University of the South Pacific
Juergen started his research on the decline of Hawaii´s rainforests in 1999 as a Post Doctoral Fellow at the Botany Department, UHM, Honolulu. He received several research grants for detailed studies on the population dynamics of canopy tree species before and after dieback, and the interactions of their populations with invasive alien plant species. Today, he is compiling information on past and present forest dieback events in the Pacific islands for a better understanding of patterns and drivers of tree mortality in the Pacific region and beyond.